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Posted on 30 December 2011 by tomatocasual.com

The Mystery of the Fallen Tomato Plants

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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

My gardening experience started with my great-grandmother.

She would take me out to her garden and tell me the stories associated with each plant.

A certain flower that came in shades of violet was from Virginia.

A certain rosebush was given to her on her 50th birthday and the Johnny Jump-Ups started growing in her yard from her planters on the porch.

Through the history of Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 28 December 2010 by tomatocasual.com

Ants and Aphids a Love Story

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antsBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Many things can be learned through observing nature and what goes on in the tomato garden is just as interesting.

While nature is filled with a variety of plants and animals the tomato garden can be a monoculture nightmare on the surface but what goes on behind the scenes is a wonder.

Many people walk through their tomato garden and panic when the first insect is spotted.

They assume that the invasion will be biblical in proportion and will completely destroy the crop within five minutes. But tomatoes are different and with a few precautions and general garden maintenance problems can be stopped in their tracks.

The first step to reducing pest and disease problems in the tomato garden is to Read the rest of this entry »

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